New Release: Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett

Released March 10th:

Avenging Adam by Jodi Burnett – first book in a new FBI-K9 Thriller Series.

“Couldn’t put it down! This is Jodi Burnett’s first installment in a brand new series of romantic mysteries, and she’s hit it out of the park again!” Five Star Amazon Review

Sparks fly between hotshot FBI Agent Rick Sanchez and no-holds-barred, FBI-K9 Handler Kendra Dean, as they race to stop a serial killer.

While hiking in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, FBI Special Agent Kendra Dean and her K9 partner, Baxter, stumble upon a dead body stashed in the woods. The discovery changes both of their lives forever.

Special Agent Rick Sanchez hunts a serial murderer who is targeting women on a multi-state killing spree. Kendra Dean, an agent Rick met on a joint mission six months ago, has found the most recent victim. Rick and Kendra once shared a tempting chemistry but time and miles made their spark a distant memory.

Now, thrust together to solve a deadly case, Rick and Kendra rekindle their attraction only to find their personal demons are even greater obstacles than their geography. It’s hard for Kendra to see around the chip she carries on her shoulder as she works to prove herself in a man’s world. Rick harbors a debilitating guilt over a past failure that holds his heart prisoner and he’s terrified to love again.

The serial killer sets his sights on Kendra. With her life in the balance, she and Rick must deal with their issues. Will they be able to admit their feelings and embrace their growing intimacy before it’s too late?

You can buy Avenging Adam on Amazon: Avenging Adam

You can visit Jodi at Jodi-Burnett.com.

New Release: Legacy of Secrets by Helen Starbuck

Author Helen Starbuck will debut her new romantic suspense novel, Legacy of Secrets, on March 25, 2020.

Set in Eastern Colorado, Kirkus Reviews called Legacy of Secrets, “An altogether satisfying romance and whodunit.” IndieReader said, “Starbuck has created memorable characters and writes in a way that shows the reader’s enjoyment is always foremost in her mind.”

There will be a Facebook Live launch party on March 25, 2020 at 5 P.M. MST. Please join her at  https://www.facebook.com/helensstarbuck/.

Her website is at https://helenstarbuck.com/.

New Release: Revelation by Amy Drayer


Revelation, Book One of the Makah Island Mysteries, by Amy Drayer is available now!

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Joanna Ford abandons a twenty-year career and moves to rural Makah Island in the Pacific Northwest to care for her ailing wife. She takes a job at the weekly local paper to pay the bills and it’s as mind-numbing as the endless overcast days – she’d trade all the coffee in Seattle for one more shot at a real story.

But when she finally gets that break, she discovers that gravel back roads lead to dark places and devastating secrets. A small community and a way of life forgotten by most lies tangled in a hidden web of deception, drug abuse, and murder. The effects of what she discovers will change the way she thinks about herself and her world. To crack the case and save Makah, Joanna will first have to save herself – to learn from her storied past, and then let it go.

Learn more and buy in all formats at Amazon or Smashwords – https://www.makahislandmysteries.com/

New Release: Abby’s Redemption by Rhonda Blackhurst


New book release!

Abby’s Redemption by Rhonda Blackhurst

Abby’s Redemption, book two in the Whispering Pines Mysteries duology, is scheduled for release on March 21, 2020.

Last summer Abigail Sinclair narrowly escaped her abusive ex-husband, who was bent on revenge. Finally, victim turned survivor, she is free from a life of watching over her shoulder at every turn and learning to trust again while growing a relationship with new love, Gabe Coleman. She’s living her dream until she finds the body of a woman who endured the same horrors that she once did. The demons of Abby’s past reel her back into the nightmare she thought she’d put to bed.

To learn more about Rhonda and her books, go to: https://rhondablackhurst.com/

Award Finalists: 2020 Colorado Book Awards

The following books have been named 2020 Colorado Book Awards Finalists!

      • Rise: An Anthology of Change edited by Northern Colorado Writers (Introduction written by Amy Rivers; Cindra Spencer’s story, “The Potato Salad War,” is also included.)
      • Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima
      • Zapat, Book 1: The Border Series by Harper McDavid
    • The Blood of Seven by Claire L. Fishback
    • Black Pearl, A Cold Case Suspense by Donnell Ann Bell

For more information, please visit the Colorado Humanities website.

Appearance: Barbara Nickless

Murder in the Mountains February 21-23, 2020

Join Sisters in Crime-Colorado sister, Barbara Nickless,Murder in the Mountains 2020 and a fabulous group of writers for Murder in the Mountains! Barbara will be on a panel with Christine Carbo and Rachel Monroe to talk about women writing crime. Craig Johnson will lead a discussion of the first Walt Longmire television show. There will be workshops, a discussion of true crime podcasts featuring the hosts of Colorado Cold Case, an evening of readings for Noir at the Bar, a murder mystery dinner and much more!

Check Center of the Arts at Crested Butte for more information and for a list of hotels offering discounted rooms.

Award Nominations: Cynthia Kuhn and Jennifer Kincheloe

The 2020 Lefty Award nominees have been announced: The Subject of Malice by Cynthia Kuhn (Henery Press) has been nominated for Best Humorous Mystery Novel and The Body in Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe (Seventh Street Books) has been nominated for Best Historical Mystery (Bruce Alexander Memorial).

For more information, please visit Left Coast Crime.

Appearances: Barbara Nickless and LS Hawker

Noir at the Bar Denver January 2020
Noir at the Bar: Denver January 2020

Noir at the Bar: Denver is back with six of Colorado’s finest crime fiction authors–including Sisters in Crime-Colorado members Barbara Nickless and LS Hawker–reading live from their writing! Start the new year out right with these harrowing, dastardly live stories, not to mention a new venue that is Noir at the Bar: Denver’s fanciest digs yet (and they hope to make their permanent home!) Great cocktails, amazing ambiance, incredible writing. No cover charge, signed book giveaways, book sales, what’s not to love? Put on your fancy attire, invite all your friends, and come start the weekend early with us! It’ll be a damn fine time, guaranteed.

Join all of them this Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 at Mario’s Double Daughter’s Salotto.

RSVP now! https://www.facebook.com/events/2658474841049745/

Event: Social Media 101 & NecroSearch International: Murder, Mayhem and Mysteries

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
February 1, 2020

Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

(Feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.)

PROGRAM/SCHEDULE

9:30-10:00 am
Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Social Media 101: A tutorial for authors

Don’t know a Tweet from a Post? Our Sisters in Crime-Colorado social savvy experts will give an overview of two popular social media platforms and how they each play a different role in marketing, fan base, and sales. Bring a laptop, because this will be a hands -on demo how to create and use Twitter and Instagram, and, how to use each to your advantage. We will hear success stories along with what not to do. Learn the benefits of each platform and glean new content ideas.

Attendees are encouraged to bring: a laptop, a smartphone, their favorite author photo, images of book covers, and/or other brand related images loaded on their device (s). Don’t have a “brand”? By the end of this session you will be on your way.

10:00-10:30am Social Media overview – Sandra Murphy
10:30-11:15am Twitter – Kate Lansing, Francelia Belton
11:15-12:00pm Instagram – Jodi Burnett, Alicia Cay

12:00-1:00 pm
Lunch (brown bag or visit nearby restaurants)

1:00-3:00 pm
NecroSearch International: Murder, Mayhem and Mysteries – Diane L. France, Ph.D., D-ABFA

NecroSearch International, Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that brings together scientists and law enforcement to investigate missing persons cases. Botanists, geologists, geophysicists, hydrologists, anthropologists, members of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and many others add their expertise to helping law enforcement find clandestine graves or surface deposits of remains. They then help excavate evidence and human remains from those graves, and to help prepare the case for court. Many of these areas of expertise will be discussed in the presentation.

3:00-4:00 pm
Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/267779936/

About the Presenters:

Sandra Murphy – https://www.voicemama.com/
Kate Lansing – https://katelansing.com/
Francelia Belton – http://franceliabelton.com/
Jodi Burnett – https://jodi-burnett.com/
Alicia Cay – https://aliciacay.com/

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Diane L. France, Ph.D., D-ABFA is a board certified forensic anthropologist who has been investigating human remains cases for more than 35 years, and has been a member of NecroSearch for over 30 years, including being president (now past president) for years. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1983 and was certified as an expert in forensic anthropology in 1989. She has been on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Anthropology for over 15 years, and was president for five of those years. She is currently helping to develop standards and guidelines for forensic anthropology as a member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees, a large group initiated by Congress as a response to the Innocence Project’s calls for reviewing all forensic disciplines and practices.

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Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit, with that said, we do allow those who are interested in wanting to learn more about us to attend one meeting for free. After that, we hope you will join our chapter. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

Please RSVP above. This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries.

To request more information, please use our contact form.